University of Southern California
Dornsife College

Foreign Language Placement Exams

The foreign language requirement applies to all students earning degrees granted by, or under the jurisdiction of, the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Placement in elementary and intermediate foreign language courses is made by the appropriate placement examination.  Students who studied a foreign language in high school, or elsewhere, prior to enrolling at USC must take the placement examination in that language.


+ As exam dates are confirmed, they will be added to the schedule. No advanced notifications of changes or additions will be given.
+ There are no fees for the placement tests.
+ Results from the placement tests will be uploaded to your student record.
+ Placement results are valid for one calendar year.
+ You must wait 6 months before retaking an exam.
+ USC ID is required.
+ Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the test.
+ The exam can take up to 2 hours, so plan accordingly.
+ If you need testing accommodations, please contact the USC Office of Disability Services and Programs at least two weeks before the test date.


+ Results for morning placement exams will be available by 3 PM the same day by calling, emailing from your USC email, or in person.
+ Results for afternoon placement exams will be available by 11 AM the next business day by calling, emailing from your USC email, or in person.

Students with Disabilities:
Students with documented learning disabilities or physical impairments requiring accommodation must contact the USC Office of Disability Services and Programs at least two (2) weeks prior to the testing date.



SUMMER ORIENTATION PARTICIPANTS: Foreign language placement exams will be administered during your orientation. Please check your orientation schedule for details. You will need to bring your USCard or other government issued photo ID and your USC ID number to be admitted to the exam.

Standardized Test Scores: If you took AP Foreign Language Exams and scored 4 or 5, request official results to be submitted to USC Degree Progress. AP 4/5 will fulfill the three-semester foreign language requirement. Students with IB HL Foreign Language Exam scores of 6 or 7 should contact the USC Language Center after official scores have been transmitted to USC Degree Progress. At this time, only AP and IB HL exams can be considered for fulfillment of the USC Foreign Language Requirement.




Chinese & Korean:  


Please check back for updated placement testing administrations.

N.B. The USC Language Center does not administer placement exams in Hebrew or Portuguese, nor in languages not taught at USC.

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